Raku Loren Photography
International photography & photojournalism

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Your Favorite Images
Direct From the Photographer To You!

Many of the images from this website can be custom printed to your ideal size & material specifications.

In my travels, on this big journey, I have utilized photograph-making to hang out a little longer, meet and share experience with new people, and just look more closely at the things before me -- as well as my own inner experiences.

In this kind of exploratory and creative self-expression, i've been able to dig a little deeper into the mystery and wonder of my curiosities and heart-felt resonances.

Over the years, my images have appeared in several newspapers, magazines, books, and even a few international exhibits. It has been an honor for me to collaborate with writers and organizations along the way and to help support the work of inspiring social justice movements and international non-profits and NGOs inspired to bring positive change and healing to people and their ecological environments. Many of the images on this site are the result of following curiosities while surviving on a shoestring, walking with mountains, practicing patience (and having a sense of humor), within the spontaneous inspirations that unfold in practicing present moment awareness.

I’ve hand picked these favorite recent images to make available as photo prints “from the artist to you” exclusively available on this website, as custom prints made on a variety of cutting edge presentation and archival materials.
This is one of the best ways to support my work right now!

It is my hope that the image(s) your order provide you with an abundance of light and joy in the years to come. I have a lot of new imagery from my recent travels in Mexico, Guatemala, and Asia that I am really excited to roll out and share in the months ahead. Thank  you for your interest, your support. Thank you for taking the time to slow down and just enjoy these offerings!

Raku Loren Photography
International photography & photojournalism

Services

Documentary Photographer, Cameraman, Director of Photography, Audio/Visual/Multimedia

Available for hire for domestic and international work as a photographer or videographer. Extensive travel experience in remote, hard to get to places. Creative with adversity and challenging conditions.

Portfolio Reviews

Whether you are working on a personal photo story, a portfolio of your best work, or editing down a slideshow getting a set of experienced eyes on it can make a big difference “to tighten the screws.” Get help with editing, post-production, and display. Create a more powerful visual narrative and presentation.

Mentoring & Consulting

Photo mentoring, tutoring, and consulting sessions conducted online. Whether you are working through a photo project or simply wanting to take your camera and digital darkroom skills to the next level, receiving one-on-one attention and guidance can be a wonderful catalyst to improve and to more deeply connect with the craft of photography — of making a great image.

Taking your images all the way means being able to work with them in the digital domain using a photo editor and image library software. I can help get things rolling for you with some coaching sessions until you are comfortable with your skills and workflow.

Photography Workshops

These gatherings are temporarily postponed due to COVID related social travel restrictions.

If you would like to be notified of new international photography workshops when they become available, join the workshop announcement list from the button below.

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I hope you’re enjoying looking around this site, opening your eyes with light and inspiration, as well as your heart. May it soften as we tune into and resonate with the truth of our shared connection, our shared human experience.
May peace prevail!

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Donating a few bucks on a one-time or reoccurring basis via Patreon is easy, helpful, and really appreciated.
Thank you!

About Raku

Gratitude for visiting! I love to make visually stunning imagery that startles and softens my heart, allowing me to see and experience a little more deeply and to cultivate my own curiosities about the world and my connection within it.

Photography is only one aspect of my life, yet it has brought me into contact with a realm of diverse and always previously unimaginable experiences.

From social documentary to portraiture & wedding photography, and everything in between, it’s about honoring the person in place, the peak moment of an experience, so that the light and vibrations which radiate and illuminate from a place or a person’s spirit come through. It is this honoring of the individual, the moment, the radiance of some mystery or shared connection, a ray of light in this human experience that I aim my heart and lens to.

The angles and experiences from trying to tell a story about life through a series of images is really challenging and  also really exciting! Honing my craft has meant learning how to look a little more closely usually by hanging out a little longer than I normally would,  to challenge my own introversion and fears by meeting new people, stepping into the unknown, going to places out of my comfort zone, slowing down so that I could see what was actually there, presenting itself in that one unique moment.

I am still drawn to my first photographic preoccupations: the natural world and social documentary. I trained as a biologist and then as a science teacher. Working as an educator in schools, photographic workshops, I became a student of yoga and a therapeutic massage therapist. As I traveled around the world, I studied from the master teachers of those traditions of healing bodywork to incorporate into my own practice. 

Photography has helped me connect to deeper parts of myself and to the world around me, the internal and external landscapes.

Following my curiosities has resulted in walking down some rather sketchy roads but also many glorious ones. Following that subtle palpation of my heart has mostly informed what, where, and how I have found the images that I am able to share with you here — or how they’ve found me.

Now

One of my great joys is to share my enthusiasms for photography and yoga. There is a yogic approach to making photographs that has been for me, a wonderful practice in the cultivation of my creative process. While learning more about ourselves in co-creation with our creative expression, we can learn and practice the art & craft of making  photographs, of creating something that breathes light and life into our own heart and perhaps, into the hearts of many others around us.

It has been a great joy to teach travel photography and be part of creative cultural intensives that may include teaching yoga, meditation, and doing deep tissue therapeutic bodywork in locations across the United States and internationally.
As we’re currently in a time of limited travel, I have shifted as much business as I can to online services for the time being.

I am available for photographic and digital editing tutoring, photographic mentoring, and image portfolio reviews as well as photographic collaborations and creative image assignments.

Let’s connect! Let me know how I can be of service to you and your creative growth!

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